If you run your own design, development, or marketing consultancy, you don’t need us to stress the importance of generating a constant stream of new work.
Instead of investing all your time into client acquisition, start building ongoing, long-term relationships with your existing clients through retainers. These long-term project agreements will allow you to evolve your business from a one-project shop, into a strategic partner for your top clients.
In this article, we’ll cover the basics of working on retainer including:
The benefits and challenges of working on retainer
At Shopify, we believe that entrepreneurs should be able to sell wherever their customers are. In our mission to make that a reality, we’re proud to announce three new SDKs to help you enable merchants to sell their products everywhere online.
These Buy SDKs provide you with everything you need to implement core features of the Shopify platform inside your own or third-party applications. From embedding selling capabilities into any website, to building an entire native mobile experience, commerce is now possible everywhere.
With growing consumer demand for immersive shopping experiences outside of the online store, the Shopify merchant community is looking to our partners for their expertise and skill to create the next generation of commerce. We’re excited to see what you’ll create.
This enables you to offer a seamless commerce experience for customers everywhere. It’s also an effective solution for merchants using complex content management systems and needing to quickly integrate commerce functionality, or wanting to experiment.
Sell through mobile apps with the Shopify iOS and Android Buy SDKs
Over the past few years, consumers have increasingly moved towards mobile devices when interacting with brands online. At Shopify, it’s important for us to give our merchants the solutions they need to sell wherever their customers are, and to give our partners the tools to create those solutions.
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be releasing enhanced versions of our iOS and Android Buy SDKs this Spring. These new and improved SDKs will offer you everything you need to start developing native shopping experiences across the most popular mobile devices among consumers.
Here are some of the most exciting features you will be able to take advantage of:
Android Pay — With the release of these new SDKs, you’ll have the capability to develop native mobile commerce experiences that allow customers to shop and securely checkout using Android Pay, in addition to Apple Pay. By including this payment option in your client’s mobile apps, you’ll enable merchants to offer simple and convenient checkout experiences for Android users.
Customer login — Provide customized experiences for return customers by saving user login data. This data will not only allow you to enhance user experience by removing barriers to conversion, but you can also use it to create targeted notifications and product displays based on previous actions or purchasing behavior.
Mobile UI kit — Avoid building from scratch and streamline your development workflow with access to a comprehensive set of basic template views including collection grids, product lists, and single product views.
With past Shopify client projects, you’ve likely had to convince clients to manually add you as staff on their stores, before being able to work.
Well, as of today those days are gone!
We're happy to announce Collaborator Accounts — a simpler and safer way for you to request access to, and work on, your clients’ Shopify stores. With Collaborator Accounts, you can now easily request access to your client's store, right from your Partner Dashboard.
The topic of how to develop a successful sales process can run deep and wide, with expert advice on everything from how to better position yourself and your company, to how to automate your sales process. Today, one Shopify Plus Expert highlights the best lessons he’s learned after 10 years of experience and roughly 3,000 sales conversations.
It's summer, and that means fantasizing about spending days on end at the cottage or beach. But choosing to take a holiday as a freelancer can be difficult, because of one looming fear: how am I going to escape from work?
In the interest of providing baby steps, we’ll walk you through three types of vacations and how to take them:
One aspect of growing a web design or development business that’s often overlooked, is building relationships within the Shopify Ecosystem. That’s why we sat down with Shopify Experts and Plus Partners, and asked them how they approach their successful two-way relationships with Shopify. They reveal why it’s important to bring the same professionalism and value to your status as a Shopify Expert as you would to any client project.
In this article, you’ll learn:
Actionable advice on starting a two-way relationship with Shopify, and how it helps you grow your business.
What makes a solid Shopify Expert profile, and how small tweaks can attract more leads.
Best practices for marketing yourself as a Shopify Expert.
At some point, every web design freelancer or agency encounters challenges in their search for clients. It could be that you're having trouble finding your first client, you're struggling to maintain a steady flow of clients, or maybe you're looking for more qualified leads. Regardless of which scenario you fall under, we've put together the ultimate guide to help you score more web design clients.
In this article you will find:
6 strategies you can use to find web design clients.
Best practices when using each of these strategies with real-world examples.
Various resources to help you in your search for clients.